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Washington, DC

How Happy Are Washington DC's Homeowners?

Home to the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the International Spy Museum — not to mention the half smoke — Washington, D.C., ranks higher than other mid-Atlantic cities in terms of homeowner happiness. And that’s largely because Washingtonians live in average-age, larger-than-average homes with a multitude of interior features. D.C. homeowners enjoy far more kitchen islands, quartz countertops and new appliances than homeowners in other areas. And they also enjoy more master suites, in-law suites and finished basements. So, what could make Washingtonians happier? A mix of interior and exterior upgrades — including remodeled kitchens and bathrooms; new decks, porches and windows; and professionally organized closets.

Washington DC's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Painted interior room/area
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Replace/add windows
  • Professionally organized closets

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Happiest Home Features

Washington DC's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • New appliances

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Organized closet/storage space
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Freshly painted interior
  • New appliances

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Trees
  • Attached garage
  • Front porch
  • Space for animals

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • New roof
  • Outdoor lighting
  • A fire pit
  • Solar energy roofing features

It's not just projects and features that make Washington DC's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Rising home values & equity
  • Easy access to highways
  • Lots of green space
  • Can live & work in close proximity
  • Good local services & utilities

Overall Home
Happiness

85%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

61%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Washington DC home:

  • Homeowners have:3.5 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.7 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:12 years

  • Average square footage:2,300

  • Age of home:35 years

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